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I’m sure I can’t be alone in hating having my photograph taken. I’m not good at selfies, and the whole idea of smiling (or not) into a camera lens is probably one of my least favourite things to do. In group shots I stand at the back, and even on holiday I would rather be taking the photo than appearing in it.
This lack of confidence and desire to hide from the camera is widespread among women of my generation I think. I was sixty on my birthday last month. There is rather more of me than I would like, and as anyone can tell you, the kilos are particularly stubbornly attached after you turn forty.

So it was with some apprehension that I read the email from my publisher, requesting new author photos for the upcoming German edition of The Sewing Machine. Eventually I decided that this was just something I was going to have to do, and I sought advice from my friend Claire and booked a session with Sally Jubb who is based near Edinburgh.
These are the results.

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Taken on a sunny September morning.
This is me.
My hair is getting more and more pale, but I’m FAR too terrified to have anything done to “brighten” it.

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The last shot of the day, I had probably relaxed by the time this was taken!

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Am I bothered about the lines and wrinkles?
No, I’m not.
Have I spent years moisturising and buying lotions and potions?
No.
My face gets washed in the shower and that’s about it.
Genetically, I was always going to have a saggy chin and bags under my eyes.
There are lots of people who never get to see their 60th birthday, so I think I am pretty lucky, really.

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Sitting at the bench in the back garden, with Scotland behind me.

There are more photos, but I think these are the ones which show me as I am; a bit nervous, smiley, with messed up hair. If you ever meet me for a coffee, this is the person who will be sitting opposite you.

Natalie

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